Dealing with people is hard.

Leading them is even harder.

We build leaders for the new ways of work.

Leaders are struggling.The same old management training won't satisfy today's demand for high-performing teams.
Awesome People Leaders is the first-of-its-kind manager training experience to develop skills that deliver results.

We’re pleased to announce Awesome People Leaders has received Inc. Magazine's 2023 Power Partner Award, recognizing top firms helping small and high-growth businesses succeed!

Read more about this recognition here. 

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What makes Awesome People Leaders so...awesome?

Awesome People Leaders (APL) combines neuroscience, emotional intelligence, inclusion & belonging, and healthy workplace behaviors.

It is a mobile manager training experience of micro-lessons with practical application, resources and tools, and support of experienced business team leaders.
  • Bite-sized In as little as 15 minutes, you will learn what you need to know to take action.
  • Real-time Access training and support on topics right when you need it.
  • Learn alongside other Awesome People Leaders in a private online community.
  • Community and office hours available
  • 24/5 access to experienced coaches to get your questions answered.

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Program Details

Content, Community, Support & Guidance

  • Micro-lessons on over 60 Topics
  • Currated content from thought-leaders, simplified and repackaged in a digestible, scannable format.
  • Every topic contains a 3-5 minute video, PDF handout, and recommended next steps to apply what you learned.
  • Recieve notifications for each week's feature topic with direct links
  • Monthly community calls for live, interactive discussion.
  • Online, private community available 24/7 for posting questions and getting fast support.
  • Office hours with experienced coaches available
  • A guided program that also allows you to self-pace and jump ahead to relevant topics when real-life scenarios arise.
  • Test knowledge of key concepts!
  • Bonus Materials and resources!
  • Certificate of completion!
  • Our platforms (Teachable & Circle) are ADA compliant and accessible via mobile app and desktop.
  • Full access to all content, resources, and community for 12 months (full program).

Interested in APL for your company?

Do you have multiple managers you want to enroll?

Looking for volume pricing?

Are you a non-profit? Have a specific need?

Contact us or, better yet, let's set up time to chat!

How Awesome People Leaders creates success for your company

Why 12 months?

Did you learn what you needed to know as a new manager in 4 weeks? 8 weeks?

or even 3 months? No, of course not.

New managers are on a vertical learning curve. There's a lot coming at them. Instead of asking them to drink through a fire-house, we serve it up drop-by-drop. We don't cram in information they won't need or know how to use for a few months. They won't retain it.

And we aren't interested in checking boxes.

We have what they need, when they need it, and when they are ready to use it.

We support them for an entire business cycle - a full year of their grand adventure in leading people.

Join APL and be part of the next start up success story!

2023 Fire Award

Awesome People Leaders was recently recognized with a 2023 Fire Award as one of the top 40 companies putting Minnesota on the map for innovation. Learn more here

Semi-Finalist in the MNCup

Awesome People Leaders was announced as a semi-finalist in the MNCup only six months into its existence! MNCup is an annual startup competition that provides mentorship and resources to accelerate growth.

Meet Heather

Heather Polivka helps leaders create workplaces where people thrive, great talent stays, and businesses grow.

Whether clients are responding to a changing talent market, fueling high growth, or navigating accelerated change, Heather guides leaders to cultivate a way of working that fuels their business and empowers their people. She has been doing that for over two decades at companies of all sizes.

In 2022, Heather founded Awesome People Leaders (APL), a manager development experience, to address the prevalent gap in employee retention and engagement at most companies; a lack of training and development in people-skills for frontline and middle managers.

In 2023, Heather was selected as a 100 Women to KNOW in America and became an alumni scholar of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She is a SCORE mentor and Co-Chair of the Catalyst Fund to empower early-stage women business owners. She holds an MBA from Purdue University.

Still have questions?

We'd love to talk to you and see if Awesome People Leaders is a good fit for you or your company. Contact us today.